Michael Martin Murphey signs again with Rural Rhythm
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
– Rural Rhythm Records signed Michael Martin Murphey to a multi-album recording contract with the label. Due to the success of Murphey's Rural Rhythm albums, "Buckaroo Blue Grassl" out in February, and "Cowboy Classics - Old West Cowboy Collection," from June, the label will release "Buckaroo Bluegrass 2" on Feb. 9, 2010.
The project will feature two singles released last week during the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass held in Nashville.
During the IBMA convention, Rural Rhythm Records hosted a private showcase including a performance by Murphey and fellow label singer Carrie Hassler performing his career hit Wildfire. Murphey and Hassler recorded the new version of the song just two weeks prior to the IBMA convention. The song will be available for digital download in the next few weeks.
During the VIP Showcase, Murphey performed another new single, Running Gun with Audie Blaylock & Redline. The song will also be available on "Buckaroo Bluegrass 2."
The new CD includes Sam Bush, Charlie Cushman, Troy Engle, Pat Flynn, Andy Hall, Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, Ryan Murphey, Craig Nelson and Matt Pierson. The album was produced by Ryan Murphey and engineered by Keith Compton.
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Michael Martin Murphey reflects on the rise of the Austin music scene by revisiting several of his own tunes and covering some of his favorite writers with mostly good results in this star-studded effort. Amongst the stronger remakes of Murphey compositions are "Geronimo's Cadillac," on which Murphey is joined by Steve Earle, and "Backslider's Wine" with Randy Rogers. Another standout cut is "Drunken Lady of the Morning" featuring Lyle Lovett. ...
Michael Martin Murphey's career has taken several turns. His first brush with success came when his friend Michael Nesmith cut his country-rock tune "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round" with The Monkees in 1967. Murphey had a major pop hit in 1975 with "Wildfire" and became a popular country crooner in the '80s with hits like "What's Forever For." On "High Stakes," Murphey renews his commitment to western music that began with the 1990 album ...
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